BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After trailing 9-1 midway through the first half, the Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team clawed back to tie things up in the second half, but was unable to overcome Reinhardt University, losing 21-18 Wednesday evening on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.
The Panthers fall to 2-3, while the Lady Eagles move to 5-2.
Reinhardt opened the game with three quick goals in the first 1:12 of play, and climbed out to a 9-1 lead by the 15:53 mark. Four straight BSC goals—two from sophomore Amanda Amerson and two from senior Madeline Golden—cut it to 9-5, and the Panthers cut it to 12-10 by the end of the first half.
The teams traded goals to start the second half, and BSC tied it up 15-15 at the 20:21 mark on an unassisted Golden goal. Each team scored a man-up goal after that to tie it up 16-16 before Reinhardt put together four straight goals, three by Calyn Kelly, to go up 20-16 with 4:32 left to play. Goals from Golden and sophomore Taylor Bates cut it to 20-18 with 1:38 left, and BSC won the ensuing draw control but turned the ball over, which led to another Lady Eagles goal with 38 seconds left. BSC gained possession twice in the waning seconds, but turned the ball over both times, and Reinhardt led 21-18 when the final horn sounded.
Golden scored an impressive nine goals, tying the single-game record, which she owns from the 2012 season. Bates led with seven draw controls, and freshman Hannah Hudson led with four ground balls. Freshman Caitlin Dryer played all 60 minutes in goal and recorded six saves.
BSC is at home again this Sunday facing conference rival Oglethorpe at 1 p.m.